PLAYER PROFILE – QB RICKY STANZI

FAMILY BUSINESS

Ricky Stanzi

Born – September 3, 1987, in Mentor, Ohio, a far northeastern suburb of Cleveland, located on Lake Erie about halfway between Cleveland and Ashtabula, Ohio.

Family – Parents are Joe and Mary Jane Stanzi. He has younger brothers, Vinnie and Joey. Dad is a managing director at Thomas McDonald Partners, LLC. – a financial planning firm in Cleveland.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, 4 ¼ inches.
  • Weight – 223 pounds.
  • Arms – 32 inches.
  • Hand – 10 inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.93 seconds.
  • 20-yard dash – 2.81 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.65 seconds.
  • Vertical jump – 32½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 2 inches.

     

Going into his senior high school season, Stanzi was listed at 6-4, 193 pounds, 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a 29-inch vertical jump.

HIGH SCHOOL

Stanzi graduated from Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, class of ’06. Lake Catholic is a co-ed college preparatory high school with just under 800 students.

In his senior season, Stanzi was named the Ohio Division III offensive player of the year for his performance in leading the Cougars. He was also first-team All-Ohio, all-district, all-county and all-conference. He was MVP in the district, county and conference levels. He was also named the MVP of the Ohio North-South All-Star Game.

He won three letters in football, and four letters in basketball.

FOOTBALL

2005 – Team captain in his senior season, threw for over 2,400 yards with a 61.5 percent completion percentage, 21 TD passes and 9 interceptions. He ran for 675 yards with 12 scores.

2004 – In his first year as the starting QB, Stanzi threw for 1,800 yards and 16 TDs, plus ran for 639 yards and six scores.

RECRUITING

Iowa, Michigan, Purdue Miami of Ohio and Toledo were the school that pursued Stanzi coming out of Lake Catholic. He visited Iowa and Miami and received a scholarship offer from those two and Purdue. He settled on Iowa in January 2006.

COLLEGE

In December ’10, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdepartmental Studies on a business track.

In his Iowa career, Stanzi was 26-9 as the starting quarterback, the second most victories for a QB in school history. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, as well as a semi-finalist for the Dave O’Brien Quarterback Award and the Maxwell Club Player of the Year Award.

2010 – (Captain) He started all 13 games, throwing for a career high 3,004 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Stanzi played every offensive snap in the Insight Bowl victory over Missouri, throwing for 200 yards and surviving 2 INTs. His best performance of the season came against Ball State when he threw for 288 yards and 3 TDs.

2009 – (Captain) Started 11 games, missing two because of a right ankle injury suffered on Nov. 7 against Northwestern. Ended up having surgery on that ankle, missed the final two regular season game. He came back for the Orange Bowl game against Georgia Tech, throwing for 231 yards and 2 TDs in a Tech victory. His best performance of the season came against Indiana when he threw for 337 yards and 5 touchdowns.

2008 – Played in 13 games and started 11, including the Hawkeyes Outback Bowl victory over South Carolina. His best performance of the season came against Minnesota when he threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-0 victory.

2007 – Played in two games (vs. Syracuse and Purdue) and did very little to earn more playing time.

2006 – Redshirt season, did not play.

 Year 

 

G 

 

S 

 

Att. 

 

Cmp. 

 

% 

 

Yards 

Yds Per

Attempt 

 

TD 

 

INTs 

2010 

13 

13 

345 

221 

64.1 

3,004 

8.7 

25 

2009 

11 

11 

304 

171 

56.3 

2,417 

7.9 

17 

15 

2008 

13 

11 

254 

150 

59.1 

1,956 

7.7 

14 

2007 

2006 

Total 

39

35 

907 

542 

59.8 

7,377 

8.1 

56 

41 

Per Game 

18.5 

11.1 

59.8 

150.6 

8.1 

.9 

.8 

Rushing – 160 rushes for minus-4 yards, 2 TDs.

2010 Game-by-Game

 Opponent 

 

S

 

W/L 

 

Att. 

 

Cmp 

 

% 

 

Yards 

Avg.

Att. 

 

TD 

 

INT 

Eastern Illinois 

Y

W 

23 

18 

78.3 

229

9.9

1

0

Iowa State 

Y

W 

18 

11 

61.1 

204

11.3

2

0

Arizona 

Y

L 

33 

18 

54.5 

278

8.4

3

1

Ball State 

Y

W 

25 

19 

76.0 

288

11.5

3

0

Penn State 

Y

W 

22 

16 

72.7 

227

10.3

1

1

Michigan

Y

W 

24 

17 

70.8 

248

10.3

3

0

Wisconsin 

Y

L 

37 

25 

67.6 

258

6.9

3

0

Michigan State 

Y

W 

15 

11 

73.3 

290

19.3

3

0

Indiana 

Y

W 

33 

22 

66.7 

290

8.8

1

1

Northwestern 

Y

L 

41 

23 

56.1 

270

6.6

2

1

Ohio State 

Y

L 

31 

20 

64.5 

195

6.3

1

0

Minnesota 

Y

L 

22 

10 

45.5 

127

5.8

2

0

Insight Bowl      vs. Missouri 

Y

W 

21 

11 

52.4 

200

9.5

0

2

Totals 

13

8-5

345 

221 

64.1

3,004

8.7

25

6

Rushing – 48 carries, minus-6 net yards, 2 TDs.

2009 Game-by-Game

 Opponent 

 

S 

 

W/L 

 

Att. 

 

Cmp 

 

% 

 

Yards 

Avg.

Att.

 

TD 

 

INT 

Northern Iowa

Y

W

34

22

64.7

242

7.1

1

0

Iowa State

Y

W

34

18

52.9

197

5.8

4

2

Arizona

Y

W

32

20

62.5

205

6.4

0

1

Penn State

Y

W

26

11

42.3

135

5.2

0

2

Arkansas State

Y

W

26

18

69.2

296

11.4

3

2

Michigan

Y

W

38

20

52.6

284

7.5

2

1

Wisconsin

Y

W

23

17

73.9

218

9.5

1

0

Michigan State

Y

W

27

11

40.7

138

5.1

1

0

Indiana

Y

W

26

13

50.0

337

12.9

2

5

Northwestern

Y

L

9

4

44.4

134

14.9

1

1

Ohio State

DNP

L

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Minnesota

DNP

W

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech 

Y

W

29

17

58.6

231

7.9

2

1

Totals

11

10-1

304

171

56.3

2,417

7.9

17

15

Rushing – 55 carries, minus-31 net yards, 0 TDs.

2008 Game-by-Game

 Opponent 

 

S 

 

W/L 

 

Att. 

 

Cmp 

 

% 

 

Yards 

Avg.

Att. 

 

TD 

 

INT 

Maine

N

W

14

9

64.3

90

6.4

0

0

Florida International

Y

W

10

8

80.0

162

16.2

3

0

Iowa State

Y

W

14

5

35.7

95

6.8

0

2

Pittsburgh

N

L

10

7

70.0

79

7.9

0

0

Northwestern

Y

L

30

21

70.0

238

11.3

1

1

Michigan State

Y

L

22

15

68.2

158

7.2

1

1

Indiana

Y

W

20

12

60.0

184

9.2

2

0

Wisconsin

Y

W

18

11

61.1

114

6.3

1

0

Illinois

Y

L

29

11

37.9

191

6.6

1

2

Penn State

Y

W

25

15

60.0

171

6.8

1

1

Purdue

Y

W

15

8

53.3

72

4.8

0

0

Minnesota

Y

W

28

15

53.6

255

9.1

3

0

Outback Bowl vs.  South Carolina 

Y

W

19

13

68.4

147

7.7

1

2

Totals

11

8-3

254

150

59.1

1,956

7.7

14

9

Rushing – 56 carries for 20 net yards.

2007 Game-by-Game

 Opponent 

 

S 

 

W/L 

 

Att. 

 

Cmp 

 

% 

 

Yards 

Avg.

Att. 

 

TD 

 

INT 

Syracuse (9/8)

N 

W 

4

0 

0 

0 

0 

0 

1

Purdue (10/20)

N 

L 

0 

0 

0 

0 

0 

0 

0 

Totals 

0

1-1

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – Good, not great athlete, with a strong arm and nice mobility. His height is just about perfect for what NFL teams are seeking these days. Fundamentally sound and has earned a reputation for clutch, fourth quarter play. Durable, missing just two games once he became starter. Those 35 starts in a major conference make him attractive to teams looking to cut the odds on a QB draft-pick flame out. Played in pro-style offense, so taking snaps under center is normal for him. Generally good mechanics in throwing the ball and his over the top motion with his size limits the number of passes that can be knocked down at the line of scrimmage. Leadership with the Hawkeyes was unquestioned.

Weaknesses – Doesn’t always display a good pocket presence, and that leads to him taking a few more big hits than teams would like to see. Arm strength is good, not great and that’s hurt even more by his inconsistent footwork in throwing the ball. He really needs a lot of help in putting together the entire throwing motion. Upper body is good, lower body is a mess. Because of that poor footwork, he’ll get happy feet in the huddle and that’s a constant problem in accuracy.

Analysis – One thing that NFL scouts like is the improvement he showed during the 2010 season. His completion percentage and TD passes went up, while his interceptions went down, way down. During the last few months he’s worked with Tom Martinez, who is Tom Brady’s QB guru and seems to have taken to his instruction on improving his fundamentals. His intangibles are very good, as he’s driven, hard working, willing to sacrifice and has a good grasp of offensive and defensive concepts. Among all the QBs coming out this year, he’s probably the best prepared prospect.

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

From an AFC scout – “I’d take him ahead of (Ryan) Mallett and just about every other quarterback in this draft save (Cam) Newton and (Blaine) Gabbert. I think the upside on those two guys is far more than what I’ve seen from Stanzi. Coming out of Iowa, he’s a well prepared guy and he comes across in interviews as the nice combination of confidence without being real cocky.”

From an NFC scout – “He may be as good as he’ll ever be right now. He’s a gritty, gutty guy and you can’t ignore the fact he can get the guys in the huddle to perform late in the game with the final score in doubt. He understands what’s happening on the field and what he should do. What’s holding him back are some very poor fundamentals. If he can get that straightened out, he could get better. If not, he’s a backup QB.”

WHAT HE HAS TO SAY

On improving as a player – “You have to be your biggest critic, and the best way to improve is to focus on improvement. That’s the only thing you can do: find the things you’re doing wrong, be very critical of yourself, and then go out and try to improve those things.”

On his improvement in throwing fewer interceptions from junior to senior season – “You’ve got to look at last year with a critical eye and find a way to improve on it,” Stanzi said. “I’m still the same guy, I’m still the same quarterback, I just have more experience now. I’ve played more games, I’ve seen more film and when those kinds of things happen you have to take care of the football more and you have to make plays because you’ve seen it before and you feel more comfortable.”

What advantages he has with three years as a starter – “There are certain situations you feel more comfortable with and one of those is going through a full season, having to go through ups and downs, wins and losses, injuries, missing a couple guys, all those things. Having that experience is definitely a huge help, and playing in some tough ballgames and having winning seasons, it helps being around a good group. That’s all something you can build on.”


4 Responses to “PLAYER PROFILE – QB RICKY STANZI”

  • May 11, 2011  - Donna says:

    You mention a Tech victory in the Orange Bowl after 2009 season.. TOTALLY WRONG – IOWA AND RICKY WON THAT GAME. Ricky won all three bowl games he started, despite Iowa being the underdog each time. You also said he first started at Iowa in 2004..uh, that would be 2008 instead. Please proofread your facts.


  • May 11, 2011  - Donna says:

    Forget my comment on 2004, you were talking high school, my bad. But the “Tech victory” phrase in your 2009 history paragraph needs editing. Thanks.


  • May 11, 2011  - D. Fowler says:

    Stanzi did show improvement in 2010, especially his total passing yards, and TD’s to interception ratio. His wins against Mich st, Mich, and Penn st were big game wins, but he never beat Northwestern in his entire career ( would have been nice to have seen a W against them in 2010).
    If his footwork is the weakness in his mechanics it’s interesting that he threw for over 3k yards and only threw 6 ints in 2010 ( I would have figured more ints with such poor footwork). We’ll see about Stanzi in the next couple of years. Pioli must have seen something that peaked his curiosity, if for no more than a project with trade potential for the future.


  • May 12, 2011  - 4EverHawki says:

    Still haven’t fixed the incorrect statement that Georgia Tech won the Orange Bowl. Really???

    More on the Indiana game where he supposedly had his best performance of 2009… REALLY??? In that game, he had to come from behind after throwing FIVE interceptions. His Offensive coordinator, Ken O’Keefe, commented on the sideline during the game, “I’ve never coached a quarterback that threw four interceptions in one game.” Stanzi’s response, “Coach, I threw five.” And he still won the game.

    One of the things about Stanzi are his intangibles, things that are not coachable. He has a quality about him that can not be described appropriately in words. A certain charisma, charm, or “ITNESS” as it has been described. Yet he comes across as very humble, not flashy at all. People are drawn to him and he has a way of inspiring others to follow him or play hard for him without having to bark commands. Iowa fans learned this when he took over in 2008. Chiefs fans will eventually see this also. For the most part he is a likeable and intriguing character. People who don’t like him either are jealous, insecure, or disagree with his sometimes outspoken patriotism. Otherwise, there isn’t much not to like about him, at least that he shows to the outside world.




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